My answer is - never.
I can pretty much only really say that I've smelled a couple people wearing niche...One was Creed MI, and one was wearing Tea For Two, but honestly I can't really say that I ever catch people wearing anything other than designer fragrances most of the time.
My answer is - never.
On a flight recently, I smelled a woman wearing AdP Colonia. It brought a smile to my face.
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No, never. The most surprised I've ever been is smelling YSL Live Jazz on someone, that's the closest to niche I've ever smelled on someone, ha!
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It'll be interesting when our European colleagues wake up and come on line. There is an order of magnitude more shops selling niche stuff over there than in my country. I'd expect more positive responses from them.
Though when I was in Italy last year, the only niche stuff I smelled was on my wife and cousins - because I'd bought it for them.
Also, most niche scents don't project that much.
In the USA, I am usually the only one wearing EDTs. (I'd say 80% of the people do not use enough to be detectable or any at all).
In Mexico, well people do not have the same access to niche. However, there is usually plenty overprised designer scents over there.
So, no I never get to smell something niche.
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Never yet, although I keep sniffing around for that ONE whiff...
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I smell Silver Mountain Water and Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower on people more often than I'd like to. A woman in my building bathes in CF and the elevator ride to the lobby is often a real challenge. I love this fragrance, I just wish people knew how strong it really is.
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This past summer, someone was wearing something niche. I don't know exactly what, but I think it was a Creed.
Dont know if this counts...
I sniffed Creed Love In White on this lass before...
But i was already expecting it cause she told me beforehand that she had a bottle...
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The percentage of people that wear niche fragrances is insignificant. Only in rare situations you will find a person wearing them in my natural habitat, academia.
The answer is no.
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In Oklahoma City? Not often, no. I smelled Creed's Millésime Impérial on a lady recently, then on her husband a week or two later. I turned my friend Leslie on to Noir Epices, and she now hoards hers as though it were gold bullion.
There's a very nice frag shop (Mystique Fragrances) at 50 Penn Place here, and the owner (a very nice fellow) told me that he sells a lot of Creed. I think I may have smelled Himalaya on a couple of folks locally, but I could have been smelling Paco Rabanne XS -- I dunno. (The two are SO similar!) Another local shop, Escentials, sells a good deal of Truefitt & Hill.
(They closed out their stock of Antica Farmacista last year, though.)
I smell a lot more niche frags in the DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) area when I visit every other month or so. (It's only 3 hours south of OKC.) Last time I went I think I smelled Bois de Portugal (or possibly New York) on at least three different guys.
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I have smelled cdg 2 man on someone before, a friend of a friend, thats the only thing I can think of
no. the only thing i smell on people down here is curve, axe and adg.
I recently started working for a new company and our director wears some niche stuff. I haven't commented about it yet, but the first time I met him I could have sworn he was wearing CdG 2man, and I oftentimes smell Original Santal (which I guess *could* be Joop!, but considering his salary I doubt it) The other one in his rotation smells incredible and I would really like to know what it is, but I haven't felt comfortable asking.
The other day he confessed that his wife is a shop-a-holic and can't stay away from Neiman Marcus.. I'm guessing that has a thing or two to do with it.
here in my city - no
in Moscow I smelled a lot of niche - Lutens, Chanel Exclusifs, Malle, Creed, etc...
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As the first and only shop with niche scents opened last summer in the capitol and I live 200 kms from it, my answer is obvious
Well, of course. Moscow is the most expensive city in the world.
One of the pharmacists i work with wears erolfa a majority of the time.
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in NYC....in manhattan specifically i smell niche all the time....Creeds are very popular, i picked up a few lutens.....alot of bond #9.....and surprisingly i have smelled Musc Ravageur on more than one occasion.
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There's one lady at work from whom I've noticed FM Carnal Flower emanating a couple of times. She makes quite the "statement" with it (which I'm not so sure I appreciate) - although CF is an amazing fragrance. I've also smelled Diptyque's Oyedo on another. And another wears Geir Ness (of Norway) fragrance for women "Laila" - and she wears that one alot. I've never smelled Geir on a man here, though. You'd think it would be better known here than it is. I found out about it here on BN!
In public: twice in four years on men - that isn't much, is it? Both gentlemen had overdone it: one with BdP, and with an overdose of GIT the other. So there may be a lot more wearers, burt one just does not notice them in spacey areas (me hopefully amongst them ;-)). In Europe Creed is about as niche as Hermes was before they flooded department stores with their jardins, terre and river. By the way, the same can be said about Lutens. All major department stores have a Lutens counter now, and the way they are located you'll find them frequented by ladies only. I raise eyebrows talking to strangers about wearing Lutens myself. Their regular line is not considered niche by people nowadays. And terms like unisex, for men and women?? The young crowd may be familiar with that, but most of my friends have never heard about it. And I don't blame them: window displays of Lutens want to catch the eye of a woman!
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In the last couple of months, I have identified: PARIS, 4711, OPIUM PH, and Fracas For Men on strangers. Not so niche around here I guess.
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Only twice. Once was original vetiver but I was in a fancy place so that didn't surprise me. Another time was bleeker street. That smelled so good in the air!
As Narcus said: Not often. And when, then its mostly Creed - MI and GIT.
Ah, i've smelt Tabac Blond on one of my teachers once, also smelt Chanel Bois des Iles on her, but thats about as niche as it gets, my dad has 2.5oz bottles of GIT and BdP, and he uses them occasionally.
I've smelled Erolfa on a passerby in Pittsburgh once, and a girl I know (who's also a model and spends a lot of time in NYC) wears Bond No. 9 West Side. Those are the only times I've ever smelled niche fragrances on others.
Living in a college town, it's a sea of Axe, AdG, Armani Code, and Abercrombie Fierce for the guys and Victoria's Secret Love Spell on the ladies. One time I smelled a kid wearing Kouros, and he put waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy too much on- it was like a chemical weapons attack. A real shame, because it was the only "good" (in my opinion) fragrance I've ever smelled on someone in this town (besides the model that wears West Side). Once I smelled a girl wearing Joop!, which really fit her well though she had way too much on (seems to be a problem with the kids these days)
Although I live in London, I almost never smell anyone wearing anything which is other than mainstream. I think if I worked in the city I would. I'm probably the best smelling man on London's streets that I meet most days...
I do smell some great women though, maybe London's women smell better than the men?
Absolutely never. I rarely encounter any one wearing fragrance period.
Not once that I can remember.
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I've a co-worker who is an Imperial devotee.
Since Barneys opened in San Francisco last fall, I have smelled a few, usually downtown in the shopping or business districts. The things I've smelled have mostly been L'Artisan or Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle stuff. It used to be more Creeds from the Neiman's set. Some younger guys I have encountered wearing CdG scents mostly in the gay venues, since (besides Barneys) some are sold at Rolo in the Castro...
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Never. People use products from "Lacoste", "Dunhill" and "Hugo Boss" here in Tehran.
Sometimes I smell something like "Love In White" -and others- from creed on wealthy women! But let me say I don't consider creed a niche brand any more!
I'll comment only on the guys that wear stuff here... I smelled Dior Homme on like 2 dudes, TdH on one, Aqua Di Gio on a few, Bvlgari Aqva pour homme on a former class mate. Now, as msi said, most people wear either fragrance made by sports shit, Lacoste or whatever.
Oh, there are LOTS of fakes here. Like I could get you 100 fake bottles in under 2 hours. lol
I have smelled Angel twice, Pink Sugar, Joop and John Varvatos at work, and last week I smelled one from L´Artisan Parfumeur.
The only niche you can get in iceland is LAP, Annick Goutal and Acqua di Parma. I think even Joop and John Varvatos are hard to get and were probably brought along from overseas. There simply isn´t a lot of choice here when it comes to high end perfumes, even designer stuff.
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
Never, but it would be a refreshing change
My wife . Because I bought her Rousse.
Otherwise: like narcus, two men in four years. Once it was Yatagan, which qualifies as niche for me in this context , and recently I was certain to smell Musc Ravageur. But mostly it's an aquatic ocean, spotted by a few guys overspritzing really sweet stuff like Joop. I really wonder how Aus Liebe zum Duft can stay in business
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A young middle eastern woman in a shopping mall close to us was wearing Vetiver Extraordinaire about a month ago. I was flabberghasted!
Never have smelled it on anyone. It's rare here in Montana to come across men wearing any type of frag at all.
I'll occasionally get a whiff of someone wearing Hugo or (once) Opium, but out here, it's all-naturale except for yours truly.
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No. Not much else I can say.
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that's funny...i go out quite a bit and never smell anything too special....i have caught a whiff of Bond No. 9 Great Jones before....but then i realised it was PROBABLY Paco Rabanne actually.
My real estate agent wears Varvatos....
i think here, it really depends on the 'scene' you're into.....we go out mainly to rock and roll shows, and underground dj sets and stuff----where wearing fragrances isn't really the 'in' thing to do.....but i wear em, and i wear em with pride!
I smelled a wonderful scent from a color guy a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure between Creed GIT and Cool Water. I only know that the scent really went well with his skin.
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My best friend wears Green Irish Tweed, but only on special occasions. He will not wear it out on social occasions, nights out, though because of the stigma that 'bears' place on fragrance use. He is a cub.
I guess you don't want to cross a bear huh?
I wish. I smell Angel, Chance, & others like that.
Men wear more interesting scents in my experence, but nothing I would call "niche".
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So I should start sniffing more pretty necks just to be sure!
Do you notice that too?
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i agree with you about women and chanel 5. it's the MOST annoying thing in the world to hear two women talking and one asks "what's that your wearing? it smells great" and the other will say "chanel no.5" as if it is something SOOOO on the cutting edge. LOL
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Only time I'm sure to have smelled a 'niche' scent was in January 2006, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. (Was a piano récital with works by Brahms, if I remember correctly.) The man sitting next to me wore Opus 1870 (Penhaligon's).
Only once and it was GIT. The most recent time I recognized a frag it was The Dreamer on a consierge at a local hotel.
I smelled Millesime Imperial on a hipster guy once, SMW on a passing dressed up guy another time, Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien on a woman in a restaurant, and something I thought was Mure et Musc on a woman walking her fancy dog in the fancy part of town.
That's all the fancy scent sniffings I've come across. The best time was smelling the Eau d'Hadrien. My friends and I were waiting in line for a table and I kept sending them one by one over to stand around the woman wearing it so they'd know it. Made for good fun.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
I smelled himalaya on a architecture classmate of mine in lecture hall
but what are the odds that a person would wear niche, the odds of the knowing which niche the person is wearing, and the odds that you two meet?
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Very rarely. I smelled someone walking on Robertson wearing Musc Ravageur and I think the woman thought I was insane when I correctly identified it.
Very rarely do I smell scent on people, but I think at least two women that work at the magazine we share a building with do. I have no idea who they are or what the scents are, but I get whiffs sometimes from the sillage they leave behind.
Where I am from, if others can smell your perfume, you are outcasted !!
At about mile 7 or 8 in the half marathon I ran last weekend I smelled, very clearly, L'Air Du Desert Marocain. I hadn't worn the scent in a long time, so I know it wasn't some residual juice flaring up on my skin from the heat and sweat. I can't imagine anyone wearing that to run though, and I never could pinpoint where it was coming from. It was strange.. but put a smile on my face (thankfully it was just a whiff here and there, anymore would have been suffocating given the circumstances and would have turned me off to the scent.)
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Once. A customer and I were discussing Andy Warhol. She invited me to lean in and smell her neck. It was Bond No. 9 Silver Factory. I was wearing it also. We now sniff each other when she comes in.
Waitress at Vindaloo was wearing MKK; lady at the gift shop was wearing Voleur de Rose; talior where i get clothes altered was wearing Musk Ravageur and more recently something e lse quite yummy that I didn't feel up to asking but maybe I'll get my nerve up next time.